American Association of School Librarians

Breakthrough debut author Sabaa Tahir ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO –  Best-selling debut author Sabaa Tahir will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Tahir will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Kate Messner at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Applications open for 2016 AASL awards program

CHICAGO — Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards application. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.

Free school library advocacy packs now available through the ALA online store

CHICAGO - School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.

Evolve your professional practice with a preconference at AASL15

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals evolve their practice with its offering of full- and half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The conference, “Experience Education Evolution,” will take place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Workshops will be held Nov. 4 and 5. More information is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/precons.

Unique and historic Columbus on display during AASL national conference educational tours

CHICAGO – “Early evolving” attendees of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to participate in tours featuring a Tony Award winner, metal whistles and delicious buckeyes. Three preconference educational tours will offer attendees of “Experience Education Evolution,” taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, an opportunity to explore Columbus and network with their colleagues prior to the opening of national conference.

Deadline extended: AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section call for papers

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 5-8, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the selected papers will be automatically considered for publication in School Library Research (SLR) (pending the journal's peer review process).

Two time Coretta Scott King Award recipient Rita Williams-Garcia to discuss diverse voices at AASL’s author banquet

CHICAGO – New York Times bestselling and award winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Williams-Garcia will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside Matt de la Peña and Sonia Manzano at the Friday, Nov. 6, event themed “Diverse Authors, Diverse Voices.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Emmy® Award winner Sonia Manzano to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Actress, author and script writer Sonia Manzano will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Manzano will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside Matt de la Peña and Rita Williams-Garcia at the Friday, Nov. 6, event themed “Diverse Authors, Diverse Voices.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Bestselling author Matt de la Peña to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Bestselling author Matt de la Peña will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. de la Peña will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside Sonia Manzano and Rita Williams-Garcia at the Friday, Nov. 6, event themed “Diverse Authors, Diverse Voices.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Early birds save $100 at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – By registering before the Aug. 13, 2015, early bird deadline, conference attendees will save $100 on registration rates for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

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